I was asked to attend a script conference tomorrow, Tuesday morning. I told the producer that it was a Jewish holiday and I couldn’t attend.
“Wait, the holidays are over, your Yom Kee-pur just ended, right?”
“No disrespect, but you are kidding, tell me you’re kidding.”
“Let me get back to you.”
An hour later the producer, not Jewish—truly bright, creative and decent—calls back.
“I asked all the Jews in the company and they’re drawing a blank.”
“Right. Well, I’m not surprised. Look, lemme send you a few links and then get back to me.”
“Hey, I believe you. Just tell me when we can have our sit-down?”
I suggest a day and time.
“I respect your commitment. I really do. But tell me, how come none of the Jews in the company know what I’m talking about?”
I am sad.
“Tell me something, did all you guys go to the big Obama rally here in town?”
“Sure, of course.”
“Well, most secular American Jews believe feverishly in Obama, or the Democratic party, or Global Warming. In the past they believed in Socialism, Communism—most any ‘ism’ but Judaism. It’s just how it goes.”
“Harsh stuff, Robert.”
“Not as harsh as what happens to Jews under all the isms.”
And via my good friend, Dirty Harry, screeenwriter Andrew Klavan calls for regime change in Hollywood.
Karen and I wish all our friends a joyous and deeply meaningful Succot.